What is Sciatica or Leg Pain?
The Sciatic nerve is the biggest nerve in your body. It exits the spine in the lower back and runs down the back of each leg. The most common symptom of Sciatica is a pain in the back of the leg that can be either achy or shooting. For some, it goes all the way down to the feet. For others, it could stop at the calf, the knee, the back of the thigh or the buttock. In all cases, the most common symptom of sciatica is a pain in the BACK of the leg.
However, pain is not the only symptom. Sciatica can also present as numbness, tingling, and weakness in the legs or feet. Sciatica nerve pain is something to be on the lookout for; as many as 40 percent of adults will get it during their lifetime.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Sciatica?
Chiropractic care can have a significant effect on sciatica pain. Routine chiropractic care provides patients a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain. Chiropractic care gets to the root cause of the problem, instead of addressing just the symptoms.
When a spinal bone misaligns, it can interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses traveling from the brain to the body; this is commonly known as Vertebral Subluxation. That interference can manifest itself in many different ways. One such manifestation is back of the leg pain known as Sciatica. Since the sciatic nerve exits the spinal canal through openings in the lower back, this is the most likely place for a Vertebral Subluxation to exist which causes sciatica symptoms.
Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments improve nerve function and reduce spinal misalignments. This allows for better biomechanics and lessens the nerve interference due to the malfunctioning and misaligned spinal bones or Vertebral Subluxations. When there is less interference on the sciatic nerve, the body can address sciatic symptoms more efficiently.
Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic can provide patients with sciatica pain and discomfort:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased activity and lifestyle
To see if chiropractic care is right for you, Dr. Auger will perform a consultation, examination and, if necessary, x-rays taken on site. Based on the findings of your chiropractic examination, Dr. Auger will inform you if you have Vertebral Subluxation or not. If you do, then you are a chiropractic case, and we can help!
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